Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest (2017)

The Stats
Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest
ABV: 6.1%
Current Ratings...
- Beer Advocate: 3.98/5
- Untappd: 3.73/5
- RateBeer: 3.61/5

"Each year, we partner with a different German brewer to explore the roots of Germany’s famous Oktoberfest beers. This year, we’re collaborating with Germany’s Brauhaus Miltenberger, whose approach to the classic style we’ve long admired. The result is a festival beer true to their style—deep golden in color with deceptively rich malt flavor and balanced by traditional German-grown whole-cone hops."

Pours a dark, golden color bordering on copper with a mostly transparent body and a finger of white head.

It smells like the Fall. Leaves and grassy notes are big and then there's a citrus quality to the aroma too. A sweet malt flavor like honey or caramel is a nice touch and there's some bready/cracker flavors deep down.

Intense sweetness is immediately noticeable up front on the taste. This pops with a surprising amount of juicy mango and lemon peel. Not far behind are grassy hops to bring this one back down to an earthy feeling. A definite "outdoorsy" bouquet of fresh-cut grass and barnyard hay remind me of a sunny Autumn day. Not only grassy, but this has lots of floral character and the back end tosses in some herbal and spicy notes.

Mouthfeel is light, but never watery. It feels lighter than 6.1% and is very drinkable. Mouthfeel is calm with little carbonation and as flavorful as it is, it finishes clean.

This edition of Sierra Nevada's Oktoberfest was packed with flavor while retaining high drinkability. This seemed to run the gamut of hop flavors while containing just as big a contribution of sweet German malts. One of the better Festbiers I've had.


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